Saturday, August 10, 2013

Miss Lucile's Tomato Sandwich

This is the perfect tomato sandwich that was made famous in the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.  It is a sandwich created by Lucile Wright a caterer in Savannah, Georgia who has passed away.  She was made famous not only from her catering but also by the book and movie.  Miss Lucile’s delicate tomato sandwich is perfect and I’m not going to play with it or make any changes to it.  If you follow the recipe you will not have a soggy sandwich.  I’m just sharing it the way she made it.

Use thin slices, whole wheat on the top and white on the bottom. Cut the bread into circles with a biscuit cutter or other shapes with cookie cutters that just fits your freshly picked tomato. I like to use a rim from a mason large mouth mason jar.

Mix a little finely grated sweet onion (too much makes it bitter).  You really just want a little juice from the onion so use the smallest grate on your grater. Add a teaspoon and then taste and slowly add what you like to taste. Add black pepper and Accent to your Hellmann's mayonnaise.  No other mayo will work.  No measurements here... make it to taste. Spread the bread a day ahead, cover and refrigerate.  Don’t skimp on the Hellmann’s. 

Pick your tomatoes and clean them the same day you are going to make the sandwich.  Pick a nice round ripe tomato that has ripened on the vine. Never refrigerate your tomatoes.

Carefully drop tomatoes in a big pot of boiling water for 20 seconds. Immediately transfer to a big bowl or sink of cold water.

Peel, slice as thin as the bread and drain thoroughly between layers of paper towels. Soggy tomatoes make soggy sandwiches. Sprinkle the tomatoes with Lawry's Seasoned Salt before assembling the sandwiches.

See if you don’t agree that this is the tastiest tomato sandwich you have ever eaten.  Use a good heirloom tomato with a lot of flavor to make it even better. 

Some of my beautiful heirloom tomatoes taken last year that were perfect for a tomato sandwich
Have a great day, be happy and may God bless you and yours. 

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